The latest cohort of AMWIK interns joined hands with Young Stars to embark on their first project, a pads drive at BrightHope Secondary School in Dagoretti, Nairobi in commemoration of Menstrual Hygiene day on 28th May 2023.
In a brave and relatable move, AMWIK executive director, Patience Nyange, took centre stage to share her personal account of her menstrual journey which resonated with the students and sparked a sense of empowerment. She reassured them that menstruation is a natural and normal part of life.
The students also bravely shared their own first-day experience of menstruation in an open and honest dialogue which created a sense of reassurance that their experiences were normal. By sharing their stories, they inspired one another to embrace their own journeys and feel confident in managing their menstrual cycles. The students showcased their incredible talent and creativity through a captivating play that tackled the subject of menstrual periods head-on. The play left the audience in stitches as it debunked myths and misconceptions surrounding menstruation. The play served as a powerful reminder that menstruation is not something to be ashamed of but rather a natural process which should be embraced.
Beyond the pads drive, the AMWIK interns and Young Stars sought to inspire and empower the students to reach for their dreams. Through a brief individual motivational talk, they encouraged the students to embrace their individuality and celebrate their potential. The aim was not only to provide menstrual hygiene products but also to nurture self-confidence and resilience. The success of the pads drive and menstrual hygiene awareness campaign would not have been possible without the overwhelming support and contributions of the AMWIK members. It is through their contributions and dedication that the drive became a reality, positively impacting the lives of countless young ladies. Their commitment to supporting the cause of menstrual hygiene reflects a shared vision of a more inclusive and empowered society.
The collaboration between AMWIK and Young Stars on Menstrual Hygiene Day at BrightHope Secondary School in Dagoretti was a resounding success. The collaborative effort, coupled with the vibrant and welcoming nature of the students, ensured a day filled with celebration, education, and laughter.
As we reflect on this remarkable experience, it becomes evident that by embracing collaboration, breaking the silence and celebrating menstruation as a normal part of life, we can truly create a world where menstrual hygiene is a right and not a barrier to success.
By Pollet Kang’oe, Intern- AMWIK